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Angry Arsene Wenger attacks 'disastrous' state of Wembley pitch
Published : 18 Apr 2009 21:25:56
Arsenal succumbed to an 84th-minute winner by Didier Drogba, having led in the first half from a Theo Walcott goal, but Wenger aimed a broadside at the FA's playing surface, which cut up badly as the match progressed. The Frenchman said it was a disadvantage for both teams, claiming: 'It is not a pitch. When you build a stadium like this it is still not a pitch. It is laughable. The quality of the pitch is disastrous.' Guus Hiddink, who sustained the revolution wrought by his temporary management as he kept Chelsea on course for a potential treble of trophies, did not level any such argument. 'I don't like to say, whether we win or lose, that it is because of the pitch. I think the pitch was good to play.' Related ArticlesDrogba books Chelsea FA Cup final berthFA Cup semi-final actionIncredible Sulk? Didier Drogba transformed by Guus HiddinkArsenal v Chelsea: Man MarkingArsenal leave Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool sweatingArsenal outplay Villarreal to reach last four date with Manchester UnitedThe FA Cup could hold great significance for the Dutchman: he knows now that the final on May 30 will mark the end of his Chelsea tenure. Hiddink reserved particular praise for Drogba, the striker having appeared transformed under his tutelage. The Ivorian continued his remarkable vein of form with an excellent winner to add to Florent Malouda's equaliser. 'It's amazing every week, every game – he is delivering,' the manager said.